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Clinical, Asbestos and hazardous waste

Clinical waste, such as blood and syringes, may be dangerous to any person coming into contact with it unless it is made safe. This means that it must not be collected with other waste as it may be hazardous or infectious. Find out how to dispose of Clinical Waste, as well as Asbestos and other hazardous items.

Hazardous Waste

Clinical Waste

Clinical Waste is classed as materials that pose a threat to humans including human or animal tissue, blood or other bodily fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swaps or dressings, syringes, needles or other sharp instruments.

Fenland District Council collects clinical waste from domestic households, e.g dialysis waste, where the patient is treating themselves. If you are a Domestic Household Clinical Waste customer and think your collection has been missed, please report it to us.

If a member of the medical profession is treating the patient, the waste produced is the responsibilty of the organisation employing the medical professional. 

Commercial businesses (e.g dentists) will need to make arrangements with a commercial clinical waste service provider. 

Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste includes common household products that could be harmful to human health or to the environment, such as bleach, paint stripper, pesticides, engine oil, electrical items and gas bottles. Certain types can be disposed of at Household Waste Recycling centres.

More information about hazardous waste.


Asbestos can be a dangerous material and must be handled carefully and competently. A specialist licensed contractor should be used to ensure it is removed and disposed of in a controlled and safe manner. The Health and Safety Executive website offers the latest advice on asbestos.

Cambridgeshire County Council offers residents a disposal service for small quantities of cement bonded asbestos that will fit into a bag 2.59m (8'6") x 1.37m (4'6") in size within a 12 month period. Check if you qualify and order bags.